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My Best Friend's Birthday (1987)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 1987 (USA)
It's Mickey's Birthday and his girlfriend just left him, so that's when his friend Clarence shows him a birthday he'll never forget.

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Quentin Tarantino
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Cast

Credited cast:
Craig Hamann ... Mickey Burnett
Quentin Tarantino ... Clarence Pool
Crystal Shaw Martell ... Misty (as Crystal Shaw)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Allen Garfield ... Entertainment Magnate
Al Harrell Al Harrell ... Clifford
Brenda Hillhouse Brenda Hillhouse ... Wife
Linda Kaye ... Ex-Girlfriend
Stevo Polyi Stevo Polyi ... Deejay
Alan Sanborn Alan Sanborn ... Nutmeg, Radio Station Receptionist
Rich Turner Rich Turner ... Oliver Brandon
Rowland Wafford Rowland Wafford ... Lenny Otis
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It's Mickey's Birthday and his girlfriend just left him, so that's when his friend Clarence shows him a birthday he'll never forget.

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mano geriausio draugo gimtadienis See more »

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Budget:

$5,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (original) | (surviving fragments) | (incomplete)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Actor Allen Garfield was teaching Quentin Tarantino acting at the time, and that is how he also became involved in the project. Filmed over three years, from 1984-1987. See more »

Quotes

Clarence Pool: See, I look at him, I'd wanna be him so bad - I mean, Elvis looked *good*. I mean, I'm no fag, but Elvis was good-lookin'.
[sigh]
Clarence Pool: I always said, you know, if, if I ever, I - had to fuck a guy? I mean, had to 'cause like, my life depended on it? I'd fuck Elvis.
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Cream Rises...
26 December 2010 | by edwinharborSee all my reviews

QT's "first" film is a glimpse of what was to come from a very talented writer/director; rich banter with an entertaining and skewed look at life. Shot in black and white, on a very small budget, the film has many shortcomings compared to the director's other films. However, it is still part of Tarantino's body of work.

In the mid 80's there were not many ways a filmmaker could get a film made - short of getting a film camera and making one with their buddies - and a quick look at the production credits for "My Best Friend's Birthday" suggest this to be the case.

I heard this film was unwatchable, but it is actually quite instructional for all hard-core Tarantino fans. Many have stated that this film was QT's film school; so be it. Cream rises because it is less dense than the milk it is found within and eventually makes its way to the top.

However, until someone takes a spoon and scoops the cream off the milk, it's stuck there. The Reservoir Dogs producer (Lawrence Bender) skimmed QT from the vat and we are the happy recipients of some rich delicious ice cream due to such.


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